Devil May Cry 5 was announced at Microsoft's E3 conference earlier this week and was given a spring 2019 release date. We got little more in the way of concrete details, but we did get an exciting announcement trailer - and as it turns out, that may have been enough to give away the game's setting. Now that we've had a chance to take a closer look, we're pretty sure Devil May Cry 5 will be set in London - or, at the very least, will spend a lot of time there.
All previous Devil May Cry games (and the 2013 spin-off, DmC) were set in fictional places: Mallet Island, Vie de Marli, Temen-ni-gru, Fortuna, and Limbo City. A literal real-world setting would be a pretty big departure, so perhaps Devil May Cry 5 is just set in a London analogue.
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Either way, it's hard to ignore the many familiar sights in the trailer. There are distinctive red buses, a Metro station sign that looks like TfL wouldn't licence the London Underground roundel, and street furniture - a bollard and a motorway sign - that looks very nearly British.
Check out the screens we pulled and let us know what you think. Here's the bollard - both it and the island upon which it sits could have been taken from almost any London street:
This next one is what makes us most confident. Look in the background: that, unquestionably, is a red London bus and a British three-stage traffic light.
Now, we've looked into this, and this is not Tower Bridge. The turrets and the cabling are all wrong. However, it looks a lot like how you think Tower Bridge looks, and that's a theme that you'll notice throughout several of these shots. It's all very almost-London.
The train and the bench here both look like they could've been copied and pasted from the tube, whereas the 'Metro' sign lifts pretty heavily from the iconic London Underground roundel - it simply inverts the colours and uses a hexagon rather than a circle.
Despite the motion blur - for which, apologies - the style of this road sign will be immediately familiar to anyone who's driven around the UK. There's a van in the trailer, so perhaps we're going on a road trip?
Whether we're going to London or simply a close approximation thereof in DMC's alternate reality - Nodnol, perhaps - we thought this was worth bringing to your attention. Here's the E3 trailer, if you'd like to look at it again with fresh eyes.
Nero stars most prominently in the trailer, doing a lot of demonslaying in almost-London's streets, but original protagonist Dante puts in a tantalising appearance toward the end. DMC 5 is due to release in spring next year.